The welfare of students is of paramount importance, and you have the right to feel safe.
If someone is hurting/abusing you, you shouldn’t:
- Feel embarrassed or alone
- Feel that it is your fault or that you are to blame
- Keep it a secret
- Feel afraid
If you are worried or concerned about yourself or someone you know please talk to your tutor, see a member of our Student Support team or email:
All students will be issued with a lanyard and ID badge at enrolment. In order to ensure the safety and security of all students and visitors, it is required that students wear these at all times while on campus. Staff also wear lanyards, as do visitors.
All members of our Safeguarding Team wear yellow safeguarding lanyards so they are easily identifiable, should students need their assistance.
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
NPTC Group of Colleges has a zero-tolerance approach to harassment and bullying. Harmful or offensive comments or behaviour on the grounds of race, religion or belief, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity will not be tolerated and are taken extremely seriously by the college.
If at any time you are being bullied and/or harassed or you know of anyone being treated in this way by other students or members of staff, you should inform your personal tutor, course coordinator or someone from the Student Support team. People are here to help you. Information on what to do if you are being bullied or harassed can be found in the ‘Bullying and Harassment’ policy on Moodle.
We want everyone to enjoy their time at College and we expect good behaviour from all students, including respect for others.
The Student Code of Conduct explains the rules all students must follow when enrolled at the college to create a friendly and supportive environment. Students must read the Code of Conduct, which can be found on Moodle.
We have a formal Student Disciplinary Procedure. Staff will make students aware of any issues of concern. All students are normally entitled to go through each stage of the Student Disciplinary Procedure (other than for serious offences). However, there may be times when the nature of the behaviour results in a written warning or exclusion even though it may be the first time such behaviour has taken place.
There are normally 4 stages to the Student Disciplinary Procedure:
- Verbal warning
- Written warning
- Final written warning
- Serious misconduct, leading to exclusion
Where appropriate, we will involve parents/guardians in the Disciplinary Process.
Confidentiality in dealing with student issues is respected at NPTC Group of Colleges. However, there are certain circumstances in which confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. These are:
- if you are under 18 or a ‘vulnerable adult’ and the issue discussed involves any form of abuse.
- if you are over 18 and the issue discussed involves abuse and there are younger siblings in contact with the abuser who may be at risk.
- if you disclose an intent to harm others or yourself.